Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. ~Twyla Tharpe

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Artist Statement:

My love of nature has always inspired my artwork. Whether of landscapes, seascapes, or animals, my paintings were my way to preserve the rapidly disappearing beauty of the world around us. A deeper appreciation of the basis for that beauty – the earth itself, the air we breathe, the water that sustains our life – brought about a new aspect of my work, and my style morphed into an exploration of the elements – earth, air, fire and water.

My paintings often begin with studying the natural minerals and rough gemstones I have collected my whole life. The intricate details of these stones create beautiful worlds of their own to behold. I start with applying layers of color, in either in oils or pastels, and intersperse them with metallics and iridescent pigments. I let my intuition and love of brilliant colors take the paintings into fantastic new directions, until they depict a mystical new universe to explore.

I find I am constantly excited and motivated by the Earth element, and I’m looking forward to continuing in each aspect of these explorations as I move into the other elements.

“Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye… it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”  Edvard Munch